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Export Privileges Suspended for Weapons Shipments to Mexico, China

Tuesday, December 30, 2014
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

The Bureau of Industry and Security has issued three separate orders suspending the export privileges of a Georgia man, an Alabama woman and a Pennsylvania man for violating Section 38 of the Arms Export Control Act.

The Georgia man and the Alabama woman conspired to knowingly and willfully export and attempted to export and caused to be exported from the U.S. to Mexico approximately 98 AK47 magazines and 707 rounds of 7.62 mm ammunition, which were designated as defense articles on the U.S. Munitions List, without having first obtained from the Department of State a license for such export or written authorization for such export. The man was previously sentenced to 57 months of imprisonment and fined a $100 assessment, while the woman was sentenced to 46 months of imprisonment and also fined $100.

As a result, until Feb. 13, 2024, neither this man or woman nor anyone on their behalf may directly or indirectly participate in any way in any transaction involving any commodity, software or technology exported or to be exported from the U.S. that is subject to the Export Administration Regulations. BIS is also revoking all export licenses in which this man or woman had an interest at the time of their conviction.

The Pennsylvania man knowingly and willfully exported from the U.S. to China firearms and firearms barrels, including a Beretta 9 mm semi-automatic handgun, which were designated as defense articles on the USML, without first obtaining the required license or written approval from the State Department. This person was sentenced to 108 months of imprisonment, three years of supervised release and a $200 assessment.

As a result, until Nov. 15, 2023, neither this man nor anyone on his behalf may directly or indirectly participate in any way in any transaction involving any commodity, software or technology exported or to be exported from the U.S. that is subject to the EAR. BIS is also revoking all export licenses in which this man had an interest at the time of his conviction.

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